Best Known For
Susan Butcher was a champion American dog musher and four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Susan Butcher was born on December 26, 1954 in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied to become a veterinarian technician and eventually moved to Alaska to pursue her passion for dog sled racing. She competed in her first Iditarod in 1985, but was forced to withdraw after an accident. Butcher went on to win the grueling race in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1990. She died from leukemia in 2006.
Dog musher Susan Howlet Butcher was born on December 26, 1954 in Boston, Massachusetts. Susan Butcher was raised in Cambridge and studied to become a veterinarian technician at Colorado State University. She eventually moved to Alaska to pursue her passion for dogsled racing and to train for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Susan Butcher competed in her first Iditarod in 1985, but was forced to withdraw early after two of her dogs were killed and six were injured in an accident involving a moose. She went on to win the grueling race in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1990. In doing so, she became the second four-time winner and the first to win four out of five sequential years. Susan Butcher dominated the sport for over a decade, placing in the top five 12 times during her career. She has won several honors, including the National Women's Sports Foundation Amateur Athlete of The Year Award, the U.S. Victor Award and Female Athlete of the Year award.
In 2005, Susan Butcher was diagnosed with leukemia. She died on August 5, 2006 and is survived by her husband, attorney and fellow dog racer David Monson, and their two daughters, Tekla and Chisana.
© 2014 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Susan Butcher profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Some went where no man had gone before. Icons like Jacqueline Cochran, Mae C. Jemison, Annie Smith Peck and Zora Neale Hurston have held the torch for women to follow in the fields of anthropology, astronautics, aviation and mountain climbing. Take a look at some of the world’s top women adventurers and the terrains they’ve explored.
Daring Female Adventurers 15 people in this group
Famous Capricorns 524 people in this group
Famous People Named Susan 15 people in this group